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Attend DLNA General Meeting

General-Meeting

We have scheduled a General Meeting of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) which will be held at 3:00pm, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the Faith Baptist Church located at 5750 N Hwy 101, Otis, OR 97368.

Come join us and your neighbors for the following purposes:

A brief presentation on the formation of the DLNA.

  1. Open forum to allow neighbors to set the agenda for the DLNA.
  2. Draft a list of goals for 2015
  3. Consider November and May elections
  4. Discuss recognition by the City of Lincoln City
  5. Collect Membership Declarations
  6. Mix it up with your neighbors

Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. It is a great chance to meet your neighbors and shape the neighborhood’s future. Check our website at dlakeoregon.com for more details.

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Lake Level Update

We would like to thank the DLWID Board for their attempts to preserve our water right by raising the lake to the full impoundment level of 9.53’ during the month of July.  Mother Nature did not however cooperate and the lake never exceeded 9.4’ during the month. Now that we have reached August the lake has been lowered to 9.0’ as per the most recent DLWID resolution on the matter.  Discussion by the Board in the July meeting indicated that the drop to 9.0’ satisfies the draw down requirement for August and therefore can remain until September 1st when we will need to drop another 2 inches.

The current policy has been a great success as it has virtually eliminated the access problems that existed in the previous two seasons.  Residents report unfettered access to their docks and visitors have had no difficulty at area boat launches.  Water quality is greatly improved over the past two seasons as in 2013 we had large patches of algal scum covering the lake as early as Fathers Day; this year scum has yet to surface.  Interestingly water contact advisories were posted in the same week each year based on Microcystin levels.  With the drop in level the algae has concentrated in number as the same number of cells now is suspended in a smaller volume of water.

So today the lake is far from pristine; we have a great deal of algae in the water column but we are light years ahead of the past two seasons.  Unfortunately the algae has begun to surface; but we all have enjoyed July and hope for an August primarily free of scum. We have reasonable access to shallower areas and the canals still are covering the lake bottom. These conditions are greatly appreciated so thanks again DLWID Board.

Recent History of Lake Level Decisions

Around 140 interested parties attended the Devils Lake Water Improvement Association Board meeting in April.  Included in the mix was Mayor Dick Anderson and most of the Lincoln City Council members.  Lake condition and lake level dominated the discussion with nearly 40 testifying during the night.  In the end there were no decisions made by the DLWID board other than to begin the water quality testing for the year as requested by the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association in the March meeting.

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Attend August DLWID Meeting

Board Meets August 14th, 2014 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday August 14th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. 

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The Devils Lake Water Improvement District now holds its regularly scheduled Board meetings on the second Thursday of every month.  The agenda for this month’s meeting on Thursday March 14th at 6:00pm, contains several important topics.  During the meeting will be a discussion related to the Lake Manager’s desire to advocate for growth restrictions around the lake as part of the drafting of a Urban Growth Management Agreement between the County and the City.

The other main topic of discussion this month will be the award of the Monitoring and Modeling RFP which is a project that seeks to create a watershed model for use in evaluating lake management strategies. The report from this project is due on October 15th 2015. Several other items will be discussed as outlined in the Staff Report. The Water District makes several other important decisions regarding the lake every month and you are encouraged to attend.

If you cannot attend this month’s meeting; it will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times. You may also now watch the meeting streamed lived, see the related article above. The best way to stay informed is for all lakefront homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.
July 10 Minutes
There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. Please check the links to the District’s documents to review the other topics on the agenda for this month’s meeting.

Agenda
Staff Reports
July 10 Minutes
July 10 Video

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DLWID Board Meeting Update

photoThe Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) Board held its meeting on Thursday June 12th at 6:00pm. The topic of the night was lake level and the DLNA helped bring many a concerned citizen to the meeting.  In all 104 were in attendance and 17 provided testimony.

The DLNA asked the District to resolve to exercise the maximum impoundment right of 9.53’ by installing the dam structure by May 15th while placing the center section only after the lake level drops below 9.53’continuing full impoundment through October 15th. The DLNA also raised concerns about the potential of losing our water right forever as a result of the Districts failure to fully impound to 9.53 at least once in a five year period.

After much debate Brian Green made a motion to maintain the current policy which is a lake level of 9.0′ which failed 3-2. Then Kip Ward made a motion to remove the dam which failed for lack of a second. Then new Director Kent Norris made a motion to adopt the DLNA proposal which failed 3-2.

The final outcome was a motion made by David Skirvin and seconded by Kent Norris to raise the lake to 9.53 long enough to protect the water right, (likely around July 1st), then the boards will be adjusted to 9.0, but the level will be allowed to overtop rather than opening the gap wider which should see a slow drop to 9.0, the we start the managed drawdown to 8.6 beginning August 1 through October 1st.

In the end our concerns about the potential of losing our water right forever persuaded the Board to forward this policy for the coming year.  We’re thrilled that the water right clock will be reset and will continue to work with the District on a variety of neighborhood projects.

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How To Contact DLWID

Many of you have asked us to post contact information so you may contact the Devils Lake Water Improvement District.  Please refer to the following information to share your thoughts with the District.  We suggest that the most powerful messaging methodology is to draft comments and email each of the board members.  Then follow up by attending the board meeting and sign up to provide a brief verbal summary of your written comments.  Most important however is that you make contact and let them know your thoughts and concerns.  Please share this information with friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same.

Contact Information for DLWID

Attend a Meeting: DLWID’s Regular Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month. Meetings start at 6pm.

Lincoln City Council Chambers
3rd floor of City Hall
801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon.

Send an email: You can reach the District’s staff and board members directly by using the links below:

Email the Lake Manager:
Lake.Manager@DLWID.org

Email the  board:
brian@DLWID.org
randy@DLWID.org
kip@DLWID.org
david@DLWID.org
kent@DLWID.org

Send a letter:

Devils Lake Water Improvement District
PO Box 974
Lincoln City, OR 97367

Call or fax the District:

Phone: 1-(541) 994-5330
Fax: 1-(541) 994-6040

Drop by their office:

Oregon Coast Community College
North County Campus Room 132
3788 SE High School Drive
Lincoln City, OR 97367

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Help Save Devils Lake

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) Board meeting will be held on Thursday June 12th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall  (801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City). The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is the governing body which oversees Devils Lake in Lincoln City.  The DLWID Board committed in their May meeting to make a precedent setting decision during this meeting that will impact may boaters on Devils Lake for years to come. Your presence does make a difference.  Please come and help save Devils Lake!

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Manager’s current recommendation is to commission a study on the permanent removal of the seasonal dam at the mouth of the D River which was designed to provide safe boating water levels in Devils Lake.  If implemented, this plan will result in a summer lake level that will severely impact boating and recreational activities.   This proposal is part of an intentional effort by the DLWID Manager to accomplish what he has coined, “natural hydrology”.  Two summers ago, he convinced the DLWID board to lower the lake six inches which started a five year clock toward the forfeiture of the Districts right to operate the dam; we have just two and a half years to resolve this issue. In concert with his plan to remove the dam, the DLWID Manager has recently been advocating for his participation in developing restrictions on how you can use property surrounding Devils Lake. Should these plans be implemented the entire shoreline would be put in jeopardy and Devils Lake would be put on course toward becoming a meadow! Continue reading

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DLNA Offers A Path Forward

Path-ForwardAs a community we are very much aware that the public’s interest in the lake and the activities of DLWID are at an all time high.  The District received 1.5 hours of testimony in its last board meeting attended by approximately 140 citizens and participated in a 5 hour workshop with nearly 60 present.

Following these public meetings DLWID board members and members of the DLNA board mutually reached out to each other and participated in series of meetings with the intent to find a path forward.  In those discussions we discovered that the District and the public agree on much more than they disagree.  Generally all parties expressed a common sentiment that the best outcome from recent events would be to harness the enhanced public awareness into a positive outcome that would benefit the lake and the community.

To that end, the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association has outlined a path forward that we feel can accomplish these simple goals.  Our ask is simple; convert six inches of water into the catalyst that builds an engaged community that is supportive of the Districts efforts as described below.  At the conclusion of our discussions last week we felt hopeful that the District would view this as an option that deserved a chance.

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Attend May DLWID Meeting

Board Meets May 8th, 2014 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday May 8th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. Your presence does make a difference.  Please be there!

The District Manager’s current recommendation is to keep lake level down at 9.0’ and commission a study on the permanent removal of the dam which could result in a summer lake level a foot lower than you’ve ever seen before.  Our conversations with the Board members indicate they still have an open mind on the issue.  We need you to attend and bring five concerned friends or neighbors to help impress upon the DLWID Board that the only choice is to listen to their constituents and raise the lake to 9.53’ this summer. The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association has presented a plan to the DLWID Board which is designed to bring the community back together and accomplish great things for the lake.

I want to thank everybody who came to the April board meeting as well as the lake workshop the following weekend.  For those of you attending the workshop you may have left believing there was a very high likelihood of the board reversing its current policy resulting in a summertime lake level of 9.53 feet.  That conclusion would have been reached based on the presentation of the District’s subject matter expert, Mr. Joe Eilers of Max Depths Aquatics who when asked by a DLWID Board member if a change in 6 inches of lake elevation from 9.0 last summer to the 9.53 impoundment right, would have a measurable impact on erosion, wetlands or algae blooms, answered “no”. Continue reading

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Review 2014-2015 DLWID Budget

Budget Committee Meets May 9th, 2014 10:00am

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Budget Committee meeting will be held on Friday May 9th at 10:00am. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

A copy of the budget document is available online.

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Devils Lake Workshop

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:00 OCCC campus

IMG_0152Around 140 interested parties attended the Devils Lake Water Improvement Association meeting last week.  Included in the mix was Mayor Dick Anderson and most of the Lincoln City Council members.  Lake condition and lake level dominated the discussion with nearly 40 testifying during the night.  In the end there were no decisions made by the DLWID board other than to begin the water quality testing for the year as requested by the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association in the March meeting.  David Skirvin called for the District to hold a workshop to discuss the extraordinary conditions that are now occurring on the lake.

Once again we need your help to appear at the upcoming workshop on Devils Lake and Harmful Algal Blooms and an update on the water quality.  Yes we know it’s both Easter weekend as well as the Great City Wide Garage Sale but, we did not pick the day.  Please help us express our concerns and attend the workshop: Saturday April 19, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm at Oregon Coast Community College, 3788 SE High School Drive, Lincoln City, Oregon.

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